George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award Recipients

The life of longtime KOGO personality, George Chamberlin was defined by doing the right thing. During his life, George's positive outlook, integrity, and generosity touched so many people. By doing the right thing day-to-day, George created a legacy that is being honored through the George Chamberlin Leadership Award, presented by San Diego County Credit Union. It's not big bank banking. It's better.®

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that devote their time, talents and resources to helping others and making San Diego a better place to live. If you know a worthy person or organization that deserves to be recognized, please submit a nomination HERE >>

Robin Boland is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Robin Boland. Executive Director of the Julian Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit organization). Robin goes above and beyond for this little community. She serves the merchants with a passion that shows so much love for this historic town. Her efforts have increased the visibility of our town on social media, added webcams, and constant contact with media as well as our visitors. She is a true asset for anyone visiting San Diego County. She loves our town and it shows.

Julian is located in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. Take a step back in time to the days of Julian’s beginning rooted in the 1870’s gold rush. Get away from the hectic rush of city life… discover the charms of Julian. See where gold was discovered—shop stores housed in historic buildings dating back to the 1870’s—sleep in a romantic B&B or historic hotel—sample Julian’s famous apple pie —hike and picnic amid oaks and pines.

Fresh air and beautiful scenery abound in our area. Hiking trails, Parks and old-fashioned buildings. Enjoy a History Hunt through town, or simply enjoy a self-guided History Walk.

Julian also features a number of events throughout the year. There is always a reason and a season to visit Julian. We truly do enjoy all four seasons in our mountain town.

Robin Boland of the Julian Chamber of Commerce Receives the George Chamberlin Leadership Award

Saundra Cima is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Saundra Cima works with Honor Flight San Diego. The person who nominated Saundra wrote, "Working to give back to Veterans is a passion for Saundra.…she’s dedicated to fundraising and escorting the Vets on their trips. She gives her heart and soul to the work of Honor Flight San Diego."

Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) is a non-profit branch of the nationwide Honor Flight Network which consists of over 130 independent “hubs” across America. HFSD escorts veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials using monies donated by individuals, foundations, associations, business owners and corporations who wish to recognize our veterans’ contributions and thank them for their service and sacrifice to the United States and its citizens.

Top priority for our trips is given to the most senior veterans, currently World War II and Korea War survivors, and to veterans who are terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, World War II truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse and free society. With hundreds of World War II veterans passing away each day, the opportunity to express our sincere thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

Our Korea War veterans were called to serve just five short years after our WWII veterans in what is called “The Forgotten War.” The time for honoring these men and women is growing short as well.

Saundra Cima Receives the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award

Doors of Change is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Since 2001, Doors of Change™ has been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Originally called Photocharity, the 501(c)(3) has raised over $4.7 million. For more than 18 years we have helped place over 2,000 homeless youth in safe housing and off the streets.

In 2013 the agency identified a significant gap in the services and resources available to “transitional–age-youth” (those between the ages of 16 and 25) and decided to re-brand as Doors of Change™ and deliver a unique service to address this critical need. We work with youth ages 17-25 years old.

Recognizing that trust is often a significant barrier for youth in need of services, Doors of Change™ selected music and art as a non-threatening way to engage young people living on the streets. By offering music and art instruction in a small group setting, youth are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and challenges through the arts, achieve a sense of mastery for the first time, develop social skills that are positive and constructive, and create a vision for the future that is filled with possibility.

Doors of Change Receives the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award

Resounding Joy is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Resounding Joy enhances the human experience with therapeutic applications of music. We uplift individuals and families with challenging conditions, help them achieve their goals, and support health and wellness throughout the community.

Our music therapists are highly-trained professionals, who after graduating with an approved degree in music therapy, complete a 1,200-hour internship and a challenging national board certification test. Music therapists’ education encompasses biology, psychology, and neurology, as well as training in voice, guitar, piano, percussion, and often other instruments to accommodate various evidence-based interventions.

We offer our powerful and cost-effective music therapy services through three main programs — Healing Notes, Semper Sound, and Community Connections. Every session begins with an assessment, and then the therapist works with the client to determine which goals to focus on throughout treatment.

Resounding Joy Receives The Chamberlin Community Award

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Warrior Foundation Freedom Station’s mission is to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country. We are committed to providing our warriors with quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing designed to assist them and their families during recovery.

  • Warrior Foundation Freedom Station assists four main groups of warriors:
  • The seriously injured returning home from war;
  • Those suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and/or traumatic brain injury(TBI);
  • Those undergoing physical or occupational therapy;
  • Transitioning warriors who have been medically retired and remain in our community

To serve this last group in particular, we pioneered a new approach and opened Freedom Station-a unique transitional housing residence that provides injured warriors with the acclimation time, guidance and resources to success fully make the transition from military service to civilian life. Warrior Foundation Freedom Station is a nonprofit501(c)(3) organization proudly operated by a dedicated staff and volunteer corps.

Warrior Foundation Receives The Chamberlin Community Award

Alpha Project of San Diego is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


Alpha Project is a nonprofit human services organization that serves over 4,000 men, women, and children each day. Their services include affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, education, outreach and prevention, and community services.

The mission of the Alpha Project is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

Alpha Project strives not to manage homelessness, but rather to end it for its clients by offering jobs not handouts, respect not pity and empowerment not control. We provide the homeless with the tools they need to be the very best they can be.

Alpha Project Receives The Chamberlin Community Award

The San Diego Food Bank is a recipient of the George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award.


The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves on average 350,000 people per month in San Diego County.

Through their North County Food Bank chapter and by partnering with nearly 500 nonprofit partners with feeding programs, the Food Bank provides nutritious food to individuals and families in need through San Diego County.

San Diego Food Bank Receives The Chamberlin Community Award

Submit a nomination for the award below. Nominations will be reviewed by the staff at KOGO who worked closely with George during his tenure at the station

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